Nothing says Spring like the sight of Daffodils. After months of grey skies and rain, these first signs of the new season are very welcome. This month, we are here to introduce different varieties of Daffodil and Narcissi to you. Exploring the flower varieties and how you can incorporate into floral designs.
Colours and Shapes
Both varieties are extremely popular for Spring events, weddings and to brighten your home with vibrant tones. In this blog, when Narcissi is mentioned, we’re referring to those dainty star-like white and yellow flowers (multi-headed) which emit an incredible fragrance. Daffodils, on the other hand, are commonly known to differ in that they have long trumpets.
Typically, they are available from December through to April (depending on the weather conditions, especially for the outdoor grown varieties). The varieties are available in white, yellow and orange.
The colour yellow galvanises you! Embrace the energy and optimism that the colour radiates in your home office, your hobby room or at work. Daffodils represent a new start, which is no coincidence since they’re a Spring bloom. Treat yourself or a friend to a bunch of yellow daffodils (not a single flower as it’s considered bad luck!) at the beginning of a new project that they’re going to have to work hard on!
- Associated with Lent in England and known as the Lent Lily.
- The flower is a symbol of 10th Wedding Aniversary.
- The national flower of Wales is the Daffodil, which is traditionally worn on St. David’s Day.
- The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign. The daffodil is resilient. It survives our harsh winters and is the first flower to bloom in the spring – a time of renewal and hope.
- If you present someone with a single daffodil, legend has it bad luck may be on the horizon. Instead, deliver a whole bunch of them: a gift of several daffodils is believed to ensure happiness to the recipient.
British Daffodil and Narcissus are sold in boxes. The number of stems in each box depends on the particular variety. For example, in a box of English Spikes, there are 20 bunches of 10 stems. Imported Narcissus from Holland come in bunches of 50 stems.
When they’re cut, narcissi and daffodils exude a toxic sap, which can damage other flowers. To prevent this, condition them separately for 24 hours.
Due to their soft stems, they prefer to be arranged in water rather than floral foam. And chicken wire is great to use to construct designs. You can also use wooden canes inserted into the hollow stem to act as a support in floral foam.
Narcissus and Daffodils look fabulous massed on their own or combined with other Spring flowers. You can use them in flower vase designs, small posies for wedding and events and also hand-tied bouquets. Stay tuned this April for more inspiration on how to incorporate this Spring flower into your floral designs this season.
With regards to potted bulbs, they make lovely spring arrangements when placed in rustic or zinc containers and decorated with birch twigs or pussy willow.
@Nicolesjourney via Instagram
We’d love to see photos of designs you’ve made using narcissi and daffodils from Triangle Nursery.
Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and copy us in, by including @trianglenursery in your tweet. We’ll then upload your photos into this section.
There is nothing quite like the glorious scent of the Narcissi! So, take advantage of this Spring flower whilst they’re still available!
Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we’d love to hear from you…